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First Day — May 18, 2017

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

TEAM FUNDRAISER

The Slide-n-Dirty 8-and-under baseball team will be waiting tables for tips Friday, May 19, at Henry’s BBQ to raise funds for upcoming tournaments, including the Little League World Series in Las Cruces.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)

SOTP CRAFT SHOW

Art, craft and trade show applications are being accepted for the June 24-25 2017 Smokin’ on the Pecos. Applications may be obtained online at www.smokinonthepecos.com or call Leah Boone at 513-2863. Space is limited; first come, first served, several booths are still available.

FIRST BAPTIST OF IVY GAP

The Artesia Community Theatre will present “First Baptist of Ivy Gap” at 7:30 p.m. May 19-20 and 2 p.m. May 21 at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased for $10 in advance from any cast member or at Cutting Edge, Inkredible Printing, or Lowell’s Pharmacy. Tickets will be $15 at the door. For more information, call 748-4905.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES FAIR

Registration for youth summer activities will be held from 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 19, in the Yeso Elementary School gymnasium. Come register children for all summer activities.

SCHOOL BOARD

The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education will hold a special open board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 22, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the Administration Building, 1106 W. Quay Ave., to review the Artesia High School welding shop project. A copy of the agenda for this meeting is available at the Administration Building.

HOSPITAL BOARD

The Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Trustees will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday, May 22, in the Artesia General Hospital meeting room for the purpose of conducting regular business and discussing finances and other matters in an open setting.

MEGA SPORTS CAMP

First United Methodist Church, West Main Baptist Church and Harvest Fellowship will hold a Mega Sports Camp from 9-11:30 a.m. May 30June 2 at Zia Intermediate School. For more information, call Harvest at 746-6195, FUMC at 746-3535, or West Main at 746-3258.

BLOOD DRIVE

United Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at the Artesia Center. Schedule appointments by calling UBS at 625-9743 or Stephanie Seabrease at 840-8178, or at unitedbloodservices.org

PARK YEARBOOKS

Park Junior High School 2016-17 yearbooks are available for pre-order. Cost is $40. Only 225 copies have been ordered. For more information, call 746-9892.

ZIA YEARBOOKS

Zia Intermediate School 2016-17 yearbooks are now on sale. Cost is $25, first come, first served. Only 275 copies have been ordered. For more information, call 746-2766.

HOUSING AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation invites residents to stop by and see if they qualify for rental/mortgage or utility assistance at 1313 Gilchrist Ave. For more information, call 746-6712.

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY

Community Bible Study is registering for the 2017-18 year. This year’s study is “Return to Jerusalem,” which include the books of Ezra, Nehamiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. CBS will meet from 9:35-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Aug. 29 at First Baptist Church. Early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact Sarah at 523-9152 or email [email protected].

YOGA CLASSES

Adult yoga classes for all skill levels are held from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays and Kids’ Yoga from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturdays at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Cost is $10 for a drop-in class or $80 for a 10-class package. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

STAINED GLASS CLASSES

Openings are now available for adults wishing to learn the art of stained glass. Classes will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday evenings. For more information, contact Felipe at 308-9112.

LITERACY COUNCIL

Those wishing to obtain their GED, study for the citizenship test, or improve reading skills are encouraged to call the Artesia Literacy Council at 748-9740 or stop by inside Trinity Temple Assembly of God, 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

SHOES FOR PETS

New Mexico’s only no-kill animal shelter, Animal Village of Alamogordo, is asking Artesians to donate gently-worn used and new shoes as a fundraiser to help support the shelter as well as individuals in developing nations. Call 308-2199 for shoe pickup or drop off at the Artesia Daily Press, 503 W. Main St.

AGH THRIFT SHOP

The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The store is located at 611 N. First St. $7 bag sales (13-gallon bags) are held each Wednesday and Saturday. Donations can be dropped off during business hours.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT

Artesia General Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an Alzheimer’s Family Support Group from 10-11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month in the AGH Senior Care Unit dining room (enter via AGH Human Resources entrance off of 13th Street; ring bell of Senior Care Unit for admission). Refreshments are served. Families dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or those wishing to learn more about the diseases, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 736-8175.

PLACED BY GRACE

A Placed by Grace adoption ministry meets at 3:30 p.m. the first and third Sunday of every month in the Harvest Fellowship Sanctuary, 404 W. Richey Ave. Anyone who has been part of an adoption is invited to attend. For more information, contact Harvest Fellowship at 746-6195.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Hermosa Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 513-2709 or 308-9273.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT

Lakeview Christian Hospice’s Caregiver Support Group will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. The group is open to any caregiver of the chronically and terminally ill and is free of charge. For more information, contact Samantha at 575-887-0933.

MEALS ON WHEELS

Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and disabled. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.

KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.

GRIEF SHARE

Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.

MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets the first and third Thursdays of each month. MOPS is open to mothers with children ages newborn-kindergarten. This is a way to meet moms in the community. Childcare is provided. For more information, visit Artesia MOPS on Facebook.

SENIOR BINGO

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.